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Joe Henderson: Frank Deford’s passing deserves a moment of pause and reflection

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There are important things going on in the state today; I probably should pay more attention to them. Will Gov. Rick Scott wield his veto pen? The nation’s policy on Cuba is attracting attention; 55 U.S. senators signed a letter urging travel restrictions on visits to that island nation be lifted. That stuff, and more, will still be there tomorrow. Right now, though, I want to talk about Frank Deford. He died Sunday at his winter home in Key West.…

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FAU puts its money where its priorities are – Part 2

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Brand-in-himself (and biggest celebrity football coach in our state) Lane Kiffin has hit the headline-grabbing ground running. Just weeks on the job at Florida Atlantic University (FAU), Kiffin is providing elite sportswriters and citizen journalists with reams of revealing insights into the mind of the young genius chosen to channel FAU’s “unbridled ambition” into a winning season at the jock palace formerly known as GEO Group Stadium. The ink was barely dry on Kiffin’s $950,000 contract when he struck a blow…

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LeBron James sports safety pin on Sports Illustrated cover

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If you take a close look at LeBron James‘ recent cover photo for Sports Illustrated’s Sportsperson of the Year award, a safety pin can be spotted on the NBA superstar’s lapel. No, James isn’t suffering some sort of wardrobe malfunction. Since last month’s presidential election, the safety pin has become a symbol of solidarity with those Americans who fear they’ll be disenfranchised by a Donald Trump presidency. The pin is intended to show that the wearer is a safe person…

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Mitch Perry Report for 1.25.16 – Santa Clara will now be Peyton’s Place

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San Mateo is located approximately halfway between San Francisco and Santa Clara, the site of Super Bowl 50 in 13 days. It’s also the hometown of Tom Brady, generally considered (after last year’s Super Bowl) The Greatest Of All Time (GOAT), when it comes to ranking NFL quarterbacks in history. He wasn’t yesterday, though, was he? There are many, many reasons to cherish the Denver Broncos upset over Brady’s New England Patriots last night. One that comes to mind this morning is the…

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Mitch Perry Report for 3.20.15 — March sadness

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It’s the first full weekend of the NCAA Basketball tournament, the time when some writers wax absurd about “brackets” and “the insanity of March Madness.” And yes, there were a couple of thrilling upsets and buzzard-beaters yesterday to begin the first full day of the 68-team championship. As a basketball aficionado, however, I’ve been calling out the college game for several years now as being a severely weakened product, and thankfully, the mainstream media is finally getting the picture. As…

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SI picks Rays for World Series

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Sports Illustrated is out with its predictions, and it has the Rays going all the way to the World Series. According to SI’s experts, the Rays will finish 95-67, in second place behind the Yankees, but will advance to the Series – and lose again to the Phillies.

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